Sheldon Levy talks funding, talent development at Public Policy Lecture

McLaughlin College’s Public Policy Lecture will address how the provincial government’s funding formula can aid in the talent development needed to drive Ontario’s economy.

Sheldon Levy
Sheldon Levy

This year’s speaker is Sheldon Levy, deputy minister of Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills. Levy is also a former vice-president of York University and the University of Toronto and former president of Sheridan College and Ryerson University.

“Sheldon Levy was invited to be this year’s Public Policy Lecturer because of his unique qualifications as a leader within universities and now government,” says political science Professor David Leyton-Brown, Master of McLaughlin College. “He selected this topic as being at the forefront of the government’s policy agenda and a crucial opportunity for universities to be proactive.”

The funding formula is the mechanism by which the provincial government determines the amount of money it will give each university in the annual operating grant. For the first time in years, the province plans on revising the formula.

“This talk is a window into the government’s thinking about the resources that will be available in the future to York and other universities to hire faculty and staff, offer programs and provide the full educational experience to our students,” says Leyton-Brown. “The government is convinced that the future growth and development of the province’s economy and society rests upon the availability of a highly skilled workforce, and it looks to universities and colleges to develop the talent necessary to constitute and lead that workforce.”

The Public Policy Lecture is co-sponsored by McLaughlin College’s Office of the Master, the School of Public Policy and Administration and the Master of Public Policy and Law.

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 5:30pm in the McLaughlin College Junior Common Room (014 McLaughlin College). All are welcome. For more information, contact Vicky Carnevale by calling 416-736-2100 ext. 33824 or emailing